Hiro and York went to Taiwan representing Aresbikes and filming a few combos. After the first scenes you get the impression that it must have been a bit of a fail because of all the rain but then they find some covered spots. Hiro's second combo around 1:25 is from another planet .. as usual! Check it!
We're following Sebastian "Wastl" Grubinger's current trip to New Caledonia a bit on Instagram. He's hanging out with Michael Husser there - you may remember his Heresy edit. The other day Wastl dropped us this photo of his bike and the ocean and we could clearly feel: it's time for a Bike Check! There you go!
Frame: Heresy Ascend 19 Bar: Heresy Ascend 8.5 Fork: Saint Martin AJ Stem: Madera Mast Top Load 48mm Headset: Fiend Grips: Fiend Barends: Odyssey plastic Crank: Profile Racing Mini Magnatanium 165mm, titanium spindle + bolts Sprocket: Profile Racing Spline Drive 23t Chain: Cult 510 BB: Ares plastic Pedals: Premium Slim Sealed Plastic Seatclamp: Profile Racing Slim Jim Seatpost: Fiend Seat: some black plastic seat Front wheel: Profile Racing Mini BMX hub, Alianation Deviant rim, Panaracer tire 1.75 Back wheel: Khe freecoaster and Alianation Deviant rim, Khe MAC 1 tire
Jeremy dropped us his new video Sunday Morning with two fresh combos. Some technical stuff in there! But we would like to vote for the removal of the long steamroller in the second combo. Jeremy, here is a challenge, can we have a steamroller-free "Sunday Morning Reloaded" next week?
Alex Hruby is busy riding. Check out his new spin. He calls it the Bull Spine. We're not 100% certain if we've seen it before from someone else. Moya is doing some similar moves but it's not the same. So we think this is Alex signature move! Props!
Here is a highlight edit of the Shonan Bicycle Festival. Scroll down just one post in the news to find the results - Moto won. Good to see the contest scene coming back to life everywhere after the winter break!
Today, Shonan bicycle fes' took place in Kanagawa, Japan (official website). The Japanese contest season 2014 has begun with this contest. Bekko has already posted the full result and the podium photos on his blog. He also took 2nd place in open class. Congrats to him and of course to Moto who won!
Open class 1st Moto Sasaki 2nd Tomoaki "Bekko" Yoshimura 3rd Yoshinori Ai
Expert class 1st Masahiro Noro 2nd Takahiro Ito 3rd Toshihiro Taguchi
Paulo is on the right track here - creating a video that looks towards the future, helping riders in his country learn the basic building blocks to begin flatland. Such a great idea, and even if you don't speak the same language, the footage and demonstrations are clear and I think very helpful to those just starting out. Nice job Paulo!
Wow! I had to watch and rewatch this a couple times before doing ANYTHING else! James has one of the most controlled rolling styles out there, and apparently he's still learning a ton. Serious rewind moments around 0:42 and again at 1:37. So fresh!
It's nice to see good people getting hooked up. Jason is Reklamation's first sponsored Pro, and he'll be riding a Pale Ale colored 19" SKJ frame. Jason had this to say:
"I am 28 years old and have been riding for 13 years. I believe that every move has a purpose and should lead to the improvement of the self. In this way, we are bound to succeed in achieving our dream. Flatland is the tao to expressing my true self and to reach people around me. The purpose of this hard work is to bring flatland to a level that only the crazy dedicated can reach, to teach people on how to access peak fitness and to eat healthy foods leading to a better living. This is my chance to bring about a new world and to achieve greatness. Big thank to everyone at Reklamation Bikes for supporting me in pursuing my dream. I have a crazy trick list that I will shred on this strong SKJ frame. Expect the unexpected in the kingdom of madness! ~Jason Plourde~"